Special Olympics World Games – PyeongChang 2013

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Special Olympics (SOI) / The Special Olympics World Winter Games PyeongChang 2013 Organizing Committee (SOPOC)
The Special Olympics World Winter Games PyeongChang 2013 will be held from January 26th to February 6th, 2013 in Pyeongchang, the hub of winter sports and the venue for the 2018 Winter Olympics. It will be the largest Special Olympics World Winter Games featuring seven categories of sports including alpine skiing, cross country skiing, snow boarding, snow shoeing, speed skating, figure skating, and floor hockey. Meanwhile, the Special Olympics World Games is held every other year with the aim of demonstrating unity in overcoming the differences of regions, borders, political beliefs, ages, races and religions.
Competitive Sports

Alpine Skiing
Alpine skiing consists of 12 racing disciplines including three for Super Giant Slalom, three for Giant Slalom, three for Slalom, the ten-meter walk, Glide, and Super Glide. Alpine skiing is also called downhill skiing because it involves sliding down steep, snow-covered slopes.

Cross Country Skiing
Cross country skiing is also known as the ski marathon because participants propel themselves through snow-covered mountains, forests, and fields using their skis and poles. It has two races and eight relay races.

Snowboarding consists of nine racing disciplines including three for Super Giant Slalom, three for Giant Slalom, and three for Slalom. It involves sliding down slopes on a snowboard attached to the feet.

Snowshoeing consists of a total of nine events. It involves walking across snow-covered terrain wearing snowshoes. It is an easy-to-learn winter sport, and even novices can be snowshoers.

Short Track Speed Skating
Short Track events involve skating on ice track, with ten track events. 

Figure Skating
Figure skating is a sport in which athletes perform beautiful yet challenging moves on ice skates. It consists of single, pair, unified pair, and two ice dancing events.

Floor Hockey
Floor hockey is a type of hockey requiring strong teamwork and sportsmanship. It consists of three team events. Each team is composed of one goalkeeper and five field players.
Additional Events
Host Town Program
Prior to participating in the games, this program allows the representatives to visit the host country in advance and stay in the local community for cultural exchange so that they may experience the traditional cultures of Korea, while adapting to the climate and training for the competition.

Healthy Athletes Program
The Healthy Athletes Program is designed to provide medical care to athletes to ensure that they maintain optimum conditions and perform at their best, with healthcare specialists and volunteers on standby.
Program Details
Special Happy Matching Program
Special Happy Matching Program ( ) is a nationwide project in Korea in collaboration with NHN’s Happybean Foundation, which supports the 2013 Games’ participating athletes hailing from over 120 countries to Korea during the 2013 Games period. It is an opportunity to connect with athletes participating in the Special Olympics World Winter Games PyeongChang 2013.
From Dong Seoul Bus Terminal, take an intercity bus to Hoenggye (횡계).
From Hoenggye Bus Terminal, take a taxi to Alpensia Resort or Yongpyong Resort 

Gangneung (Indoor Ice Rink) (강릉 실내빙상경기장) 
From Gangneung Intercity/Express Bus Terminal,
Take a taxi to Gangneung Indoor Ice Rink (실내빙상경기장) (15-20min).


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